Ilukkuun m̗ōn̗ōn̗ō [I am very happy] that I’m (slowly) making (some) progress in Marshallese. Imel̗el̗e [I understand] more and more, which is something I’m extremely excited about. Obviously, I still can’t construct whole sentences, but I’m trying to use the vocabulary I already know whenever I can. And that is why today I will share with you some of the most beautiful and interesting Marshallese words I’ve come across so far. … More MARSHALLESE 3.0: MAY THE RAINBOW BE WITH YOU
Have you ever wondered exactly how many languages are spoken in the Pacific region? I had been pondering over this for quite some time before I finally decided to do some research. And although I had always been somewhat aware of the Oceania’s linguistic richness, I was shocked/amazed/surprised by what I discovered. … More HOW MANY LANGUAGES ARE THERE IN THE PACIFIC?
Io̗kwe aolep! [Hello everyone!]
Eta in… [My name is…] (ok, that’s not really an important piece of information, so let’s just omit this part). Jiln̄oul juon aō iiō [I’m 31 years old.]. When it comes to introducing myself, that’s basically all I can say (or write, to be more precise) in Marshallese at this point. Two sentences. Not a lot; I’m well aware of that. But still, I’m proud as hell of myself!
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Let’s face it, there are very limited resources available for learning Oceanic languages. A few textbooks and dictionaries, a couple of academic publications (which you won’t understand unless you are a linguistics professor), some free-to-use online materials that can basically teach you how to say “Hello” and “My name is …”. That’s all. Not a lot, right? … More “PRACTICAL MARSHALLESE” BY PETER RUDIAK-GOULD
When I say that I’m going to start learning Marshallese, I usually get the same reaction from people. First there’s the look individuals give you when you’ve just confused them. Then the daft questions start. They go something like this. … More MARSHALLESE 1.0: YOU’RE LEARNING WHAT?!?
Can you imagine a world where people speak the same language? Can you imagine yourself always understanding what foreigners say and being able to express your thoughts no matter where you are? Hold on a moment, I’m trying to form this picture in my mind… A world with one language. Convenient, that’s for sure. And scary as hell. Because what gives our little universe a distinctive flavor is a multitude of tongues. … More TOWER OF BABEL IN THE SOUTH SEAS